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Lontar Pengayam-ayaman

Lontar Pengayam-ayaman

In many regions of Indonesia, cockfights are still very popular despite the law stating that it is illegal to do gambling. Some reasons that it can be permissible if the cockfights are for religious purposes and not for gambling. In Bali, on a cockfight, there is a “manual book” called Lontar Pengayam-ayaman. People believe the book will bring victory when skillfully applied. The boo...

Bali’s Makepung

Bali’s Makepung

Makepung is the buffalo race  attraction that comes from Jembrana District, Bali. The word Makepung is derived from the word  Makepung-kepungan (Balinese) means romp,inspired from the activities of rice field soil processing stages: crushing the soil the  into mud by using lampit (a type of mat). Lampit is pulled by two buffaloes and the buffalo then wore a necklace called gerondongan so tha...

Wayang Kulit

Wayang Kulit

The flat, leather puppets called wayang kulit (meaning “leather puppet”) represent many characters, animals, and natural forms as both a visual and performing art. These puppets enact all-night dramas behind a stretched white cloth screen, backlit with a hanging oil lamp. Seated on the other side of the screen, the audience sees only the shadows of the puppets—thus it is also called “the ...

Gringsing Cloth

Gringsing Cloth

Gringsing cloth is the only Indonesian traditional cloth are made using double tie techniques. The whole process is done by hand. The manufacturing processes takes about 2-5 years. Gringsing cloth comes from Tenganan, Bali. Gringsing derived from the word “Gring” which means “sick” and “sing” which means “no”. Its meaning such as a repellent reinfor...

The Statue of Garuda Wisnu Kencana in Bali

The Statue of Garuda Wisnu Kencana in Bali

One of the icons of South Kuta Bali is a statue named Garuda Wisnu Kencana. The strong fierce looking statue is made by a Balinese famous sculptor, I Nyoman Nuarta. The statue is considered as an embodiment of God Wisnu which in Hinduism is known as the god of nature’s keeper. The statue should be formed as God Wisnu riding  Garuda, a bird mounted by the God. However, on the monetary crisi...